SWS: Dr. Rachel Collin, Evolutionary Biologist (STRI)

Dr. Collin received a BS in Aquatic Biology from Brown University, a MS in Zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago.

She is a staff scientist and the director of the Bocas del Toro Research Station, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Her research focuses on understanding the evolution of life histories of marine invertebrates, using slipper limpets as a model. She has conducted experiments to understand the cues that influence when these snails change sex, but most of her work involves embryonic and larval development. About half of the species of slipper limpets produce free-living larvae and half have direct development. The research in Dr. Collin's lab is currently aimed at understanding the molecular and morphological modifications of embryos in the species with direct development.

Additional Information

Dr. Collin snorkeling for samples in Bocas del Toro Image

Dr. Collin opening a dredge full of mud and (hopefully) snails.


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